The Costa Report - August 5, 2011 Michelle Rhee
Ms. Rhee is the CEO and Founder of StudentsFirst, a non-profit whose mission is to protect the interest of children in public education and to produce transformative reform in our public schools. She began her career as a Teach for America Corps member in Baltimore, and in 1997 founded The New Teacher Project, which recruits and trains teachers to work in urban schools. From 2007 to 2010, she served as Chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools. Under her stewardship, D.C. schools experienced increases in student achievement, a rise in graduation rates and an upswing -- for the first time in decades -- in enrollment.